Earl Bales Park is named after Robert Earl Bales, a former Reeve (Mayor) of the Township of North York. This park is situated on lands once owned and farmed by his great-grandfather John Bales. In the early 1900's, after a century as a farm, the land was turned into the York Downs Golf and Country Club. You can still see a few of the old tees and greens as you wander through the park today.
Earl Bales Park is spread across 127 acres (51 hectares) and features playgrounds, a sensory garden, splash pad, outdoor amphitheatre, memorials, paved walking/cycling trails, picnic sites and fire pits. The Dogs Off-Leash Area is fenced and allows Commercial Dog Walkers.
The park has one of the two Ski and Snowboard Centres run by the City of Toronto. Recent upgrades to the ski chalet and an addition of a quad chair lift have made for a more enjoyable skiing and snowboarding experience on the hills.
Points of Interest
The Canadian Society for Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Site is situated near the entrance to Earl Bales Park at 4169 Bathurst Street. After World War Two, thousands of Holocaust survivors rebuilt their lives in the neighborhoods next to the park. The Memorial contains almost 5,000 names of victims and survivors of the Holocaust, the most extensive listing of any memorial site in Canada.